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Palm Greens March Supper Clubs

Palm Greens, Hornbeam’s current Test Kitchen, will be running three vegan, seasonal Supper Clubs in March to show off their amazing internationally-inspired cuisine…

Big flavours, made from organic, locally-sourced veg,

Fri 1 March, 7.30pm

Fri 8 March, 7.30pm

Fri 15 March, 7.30pm

Booking essential.

Chef Kali’s and Memby’s stories:

Kali has worked as a freelance chef for more than ten years, travelling the world for work and pleasure. She’s always been a lover of food and conscious of the treatment of animals and well being of the earth.

Fascinated by the way food works with your body Kali trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York, a school specialising in vegetarian health supportive cooking, this is where her style of cooking began to develop. Building relationships with local growers such as Growing Communities has encouraged Kali’s enthusiasm and belief in the need to be more in touch with where our food comes from and the impact the food system has on our environment and local community.

Hornbeam Nights – the story so far


Hornbeam Nights: I really like it here!
Hornbeam Nights: I really like it here!

A taster and some useful links of Hornbeam Nights gone by…

Thurs 16th March, Open Decks
Bring vinyl. Spin some tunes. Buy records. Drink a cocktail. Mingle. Dance. Yeah.

Thurs 23rd March, DJ Night – Dusty Sneakers
Djs Science Man (Babuin) is back with his pal Wilfy G to take to the decks for a night of dusty vinyl, spaced-out house and sneaky, bleepy tech. Drinks, cocktails, lazers and a little dance floor action.

Thurs 30th March, Film Night – The Divide
The Divide tells the story of 7 individuals striving for a better life in the modern day US and UK – where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%. On general release in the UK from 22 April – we have a sneak, free preview! Plus glorious vegan food cooked by the Hornbeam Cafe

Thurs 19 Jan – Robin Grey and friends Folk Night
Inspired by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Joanna Newsom, Robin colours in his songs about love and life with guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, piano, double bass, organ, percussion toys and a few other instruments! Family feast. Matinee family performance. Grown-ups performance and party.

Thurs 26th January – January Film Night at the Hornbeam – The Gleaners and I
Food served at 6:30, Film starts at 7:15. 80 mins film. Pay by donation. Award winner at Cannes Film Festival in 2000, this creative documentary film by director Agnes Vada explores the history, culture and contemporary laws of gleaning in France. The film is mostly in French with English subtitles.

….Also find out how to become a Waltham Forest Food Rescuer to help reduce food waste and redistribute food surplus in the borough. Contact poppy@thisisrubbish.org.uk

Thursday 2nd February
The first Thursday of every month brings the latest in independent soul & jazz. Fitzroy Andrew‘s  Soulfulized at East London Radio show. Neo soul, soul, jazz, funk and conscious hip-hop.

Live performance and pre-record conversation with local musician Hannah Ledgewidge a talented multi-instrumentalist. LIVE PERFORMANCE 8pm. Free.

Thursday 9th February DEEPER GROOVES – A night of dub, dusty house & downtempo electronic music with DJ’s Lounch & Noods. Lazers, grooving and happy hour.

Thursday 16th February OPEN DECKS Bring vinyl. Spin some tunes. Buy records. Drink a cocktail. Mingle. Dance. Yeah.  Free.

Thurs 23 Feb – February Film night: This Changes everything. Inspired by Naomi Klein and the issues raised in her brilliant book, Klein and impassioned protesters provide political insight but also hope for the future. Trailer: https://thefilm.thischangeseverything.org/about/

Rosamund DJing at Hornbeam Nights
Bring your own vinyl and get your 15 mins of  DJ fame at Hornbeam Nights



July Film night – Self-building their way out of the housing crisis

Come and hear John Struthers speak - Waltham Forest's 'housing hero plus films about self-building through the housing crisis.
Come and hear John Struthers speak – Waltham Forest’s ‘housing hero plus films about self-building through the housing crisis.

July’s film night at the Hornbeam will be organised by Family Foundations Self-build Group – a new self-build group in Waltham Forest.

Family Foundation are being mentored by John Struthers who organised a community eco self-build for 10 families which was part of  the Hornbeam-run Waltham Forest Green Open Homes last month.

John will be talking on the night about his experience over several years campaigning for a self-build housing project for families in housing need, including his own. John and ten other families now live in a secluded, eco-friendly set of houses in Chapel End, E17 called Headway Gardens.

Films will also be shown by Family Foundations – a new self-build group who have been inspired by John and others at Headway Gardens to replicate the project for a new set of E17 families.

Hear their inspiring stories and learn how people are taking the housing crisis into their own hands.  Full interviews from their edited interviews with BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme will also be screened. Listen to the programme from 35mins which is about Waltham Forest’s Green Open Homes which happened earlier this month, including an interview with John.

Opens 6.30pm, Film starts 7pm. Free pizza/snacks!

For more info contact info@family-foundations.co.uk

Let us know you’re coming on Facebook too if you can.


Cafe opportunity

Are you:
* passionate about fresh, healthy local food?
* able to cook delicious vegetarian and dairy-free food – or able to communicate with diverse people about good food and organise effectively?
* committed to community spaces and collective ways of working?
* interested in helping to create a viable enterprise that supports livelihoods?

The Hornbeam Cafe is run by Organiclea workers’ cooperative and we are looking for a team of people to take on running the café with us. This is a great opportunity to create additional livelihoods in our co-operative for people who are excited by good cooking and want to tap into the support and connections Organiclea can provide, rather than working alone.

We’re looking for energetic committed people who can

  • Work as a co-operative to run the café and catering enterprise, producing high quality vegetarian and dairy-free food and ensuring there are customers to benefit from it
  • Consolidate the existing café operation and develop the café and catering’s potential, particularly through increased volunteer roles, marketing, and events
  • Take responsibility for the café’s overall business plan and financial sustainability
  • Operate as a team, sharing tasks flexibly and learning from each other’s skillsets, whilst also taking lead individual responsibility for key roles and supporting each other to carry out work effectively
  • Share their passion for food that’s grown and prepared with integrity!

The opportunity – resources on offer
1. Organiclea is a community food growing cooperative in northeast London, where we have London’s largest productive market garden, distribute food including through our own market stalls and box scheme, and organise food growing training and support. Through the café we want to support an increase in the beneficial connections between the food we grow, the surplus from our box scheme and market stalls, and good cooking. To ensure this we can offer initial start up grant support and future loans from Organiclea.

2. The Hornbeam Café uses Organiclea’s supply of locally grown and organic produce to make quality organic vegetarian and dairy-free food more widely available to the local community, promote healthy eating, and promote and support sustainable local food production. The Hornbeam Centre welcomes Organiclea’s input into the café and is able to offer a substantial rent-free period to allow the café to develop.

3. Thanks to three years of support from Sustain’s Making Local Food Work programme, the café is already a vibrant, well-equipped and well-run space. Now it needs extra worker capacity to cook more food, grow the customer numbers and build the catering business in order to achieve financial sustainability. Organiclea is committed to supporting this process by offering financial and administrative support, connection to other parts of our work and support for the development of a co-operative model to operate the café.

The team
The tasks and responsibilities and personal qualities we think are required to run the café are outlined in this document. We are looking for a team of people to fulfil these roles, rather than one person, so you do not need to fulfil every aspect of the responsibilities and experience/skills requirements outlined. It is envisaged that each member of the team will take the lead responsibility for certain aspects of the café’s work (eg menu planning, marketing) but that team members will share in the actual delivery of tasks as appropriate to their skillset.

We expect the café to be able to generate enough income to support at least three part-time paid roles, and some sessional work. The café will also support a wide range of volunteer roles. Exact role descriptions for each individual will be developed as part of the team building process, alongside creating a business plan for the café and agreeing what initial financial support will be provided by Organiclea.

Howto apply
If you are interested in being part of this café enterprise, whether in a voluntary or paid capacity, we want to hear from you! Please send a letter of application outlining how your experience and commitment matches the café’s requirements and what role you feel able to play in the café team. You can email or post this to:

Marlene Barrett
Organiclea Community Growers
Hornbeam Centre
458 Hoe Street
Walthamstow, E17 9AH

Closing date for applications is 5pm, Tuesday 16 August.

We will invite suitable applicants to meet with us for an interview on Friday 19 August. Successful participants will then need to commit to a number of team development meetings facilitated by Organiclea in late August and September to confirm the allocation of specific roles and responsibilities within the café team, finalise a business plan and establish the team’s relationship to Organiclea. We expect the team to trial working together from the beginning of September.

We may not be able to respond individually to all applicants, so if you do not hear from us, please accept our appreciation for the time you have put into your application, and we’re sorry that you haven’t been successful this time.

Download the roles and responsibilities document